SLU students headed to Washington D.C. to see Pope Francis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A group of students from St. Louis University are heading to Washington D.C. to see and hopefully get a chance to meet Pope Francis.

It's the chance of a life time for nine students at St. Louis University. SLU is sending the group to Washington D.C. to watch a live broadcast of the Pope's address to a joint session of congress, the first Pope to ever do so.

Nine students were selected to receive tickets through a random drawing, and were notified about the opportunity through a university wide email.

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope. This visit is especially exciting for students at Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. like SLU. The pontiff will visit Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City.

Students will participate in group-led reflections about the impact of the experience; both personal and in regard to the church during the trip, which will be led by the department of campus ministry.

Pope Francis is in the U.S. to participate in the 2015 World Meeting of Families taking place in Philadelphia.

He is expected to draw a massive crowd during his stay.  Philadelphia officials expect 1 to 1.5 million visitors to the city.

On campus, Saint Louis University will also host a Papal watch party at 8 a.m. Thursday in The Center for Global Citizenship.